Periodic Physical Disturbance: An Alternative Method for Controlling Sitophilus zeamais (Maize Weevil) Infestation Suleiman, Rashid Rosentrater, Kurt Rosentrater, Kurt Chove, Bernard
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dc.description.abstract <p><em>Sitophilus zeamais</em> Motschulsky is the most important insect pest of stored maize in tropical regions. The objective of this study was to determine the practicality of periodic physical disturbance on <em>S. zeamais</em>mortality and its adoption by smallholder farmers in developing countries. In this experiment, treatments and control were arranged in a randomized block design with three replications and three storage times in three regions of Tanzania. Region was used as the blocking variable. A total of 108 clean 20-L plastic containers were each loaded with 10 kg of fresh white dent corn and 0.50 kg of maize infested with <em>S. zeamais</em>. For the treatment, containers were disturbed twice a day, whereas for the controls the containers were not disturbed until the end of storage. The overall mortality rate (%) after 30, 60, and 90 days of storage were 88%, 96%, and 98%, respectively. A statistically significant difference (<em>p</em> < 0.05) was observed for the number of live <em>S. zeamais</em> between the control and experimental treatments. Additionally, the number of live <em>S. zeamais</em> in the treatment significantly decreased as storage time increased. This study shows the potential of a feasible, simple, affordable, and effective method of protecting maize grain for small-holder farmers in developing countries without using chemicals.</p>
dc.description.comments <p>This article is from <em>Insects</em> <strong>2016</strong>, <em>7</em>(4), 51; doi:<a href="">10.3390/insects7040051</a>. Posted with permission.</p>
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dc.subject.disciplines Agriculture
dc.subject.disciplines Bioresource and Agricultural Engineering
dc.subject.disciplines Entomology
dc.subject.keywords Sitophilus zeamais
dc.subject.keywords Maize weevil
dc.subject.keywords Periodic physical disturbance
dc.subject.keywords Maize
dc.subject.keywords Insect mortality
dc.subject.keywords Stored products
dc.title Periodic Physical Disturbance: An Alternative Method for Controlling Sitophilus zeamais (Maize Weevil) Infestation
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